The Chicago Blackhawks have won four multiple overtime games this playoff season, but in the game following these overtime games they haven’t been able to pick up a victory. The Chicago Blackhawks traveled to Anaheim on Monday night trying to win Game #5 on the road and here’s how things shook out.
The Chicago Blackhawks didn’t come out blazing hot and to be perfectly honest they came out super flat, and it didn’t take long for the Anaheim Ducks to take advantage of the Blackhawks poor play and turnovers.
The Anaheim Ducks got the first goal of the game when Cam Fowler blew one past Corey Crawford from the point. The Chicago Blackhawks biggest issue this playoff season has been not being able to stop the bleeding once a goal was given up and 32 seconds later Ryan Kesler deflected the second goal of the game in for a quick 2-0 lead for the Ducks.
The Chicago Blackhawks still didn’t have a shot on goal in the first period when the Hawks lost a defensive face-off cleanly and Sami Vatenen got all of a slap shot and incredibly it was 3-0 Ducks. The Hawks only registered 3 shots on goal in the first period and looked quite terrible, and this is possibly the worst period of playoff hockey I’ve witnessed from this group.
Just like the first game of the playoffs against the Nashville Predators, the Chicago Blackhawks put a really bad period to bed and came out flying. They got a quick jump in their skates when Teuvo Teravainen scored what looked like an innocent goal to cut the lead to 3-1.
The rest of the period was all Chicago Blackhawks with non-stop pressure by the Chicago Blackhawks with the Hawks not allowing a shot on goal for the first 10 minutes and out shot them 13-5 for the period.
The Chicago Blackhawks got the game even closer when Teuvo Teravainen made a great pass from behind the net to Brent Seabrook who made a great shot to get it past Anderson to make it 3-2 Ducks heading to the 2nd intermission.
The Chicago Blackhawks applied the pressure for most of the third period, but they just couldn’t complete the comeback and get that third goal. The Anaheim Ducks finally weathered the storm and scored the 4th goal on a pretty passing play after both Kimmo Timonen and Patrick Sharp failed to clear the puck.
Jonathan Toews picked up a late goal to make it 4-3, and then with seconds left and Corey Crawford on the bench Jonathan Toews scored his 2nd goal in 1:12 from an impossible angle on the goal line to remarkably tie the game at 4 and for the third time in the series the Chicago Blackhawks and Anaheim Ducks are heading to overtime.
It only took took 49 seconds for a bad dump in for the Chicago Blackhawks which led to a 2 on 1 and the Ducks didn’t miss the rebound and the Chicago Blackhawks after an incredible comeback couldn’t finish it off in overtime.
The Chicago Blackhawks now have used up all their losses and will now need to be the Ducks at Chicago Wednesday night in Chicago And steal a Game #7 on the road in Anaheim to make the Stanley Cup Finals.
-This was only the 4th loss in a Game #5 in the Jonathan Toews/Kane era
-It was the first loss by the Hawks when the series was tied 2-2 in Game #5
-Game #6 in Chicago Wednesday Night.